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Old 01-05-2012, 04:50 PM   #1
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Cheap LED solution???

I bought a 10W 6500K LED flood light from eBay a year or so ago that has been awesome in my refugium...

So I am considering lighting my reef tank with LED flood lights. It's only low light corals in this tank (72g bow), and I'm sure it has to be better than my PCs!

I was thinking of having X2 20W 12000K LED flood lights with X2 10W 450nm LED floodlights to compliment. Do you think this is enough light (with my 10W over the tank it lights up one side of the tank brighter than my PC coralife fixture).

All these flood lights are between $30-$100 on eBay (search led flood light)

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Old 01-11-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Just received two 20w 14000k led floodlights and they look great on my 72g bow front. They have a great flicker and a really nice blueish light that looks like a MH, it's hard to see the blue in the pics below. I only have a few corals and will keep a note on how they react to these LEDs, only cost me $100!
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Very nice, I'm curious to see how these work out for you in the long run. I just set up a 75g freshwater but would be curious to see how these would work on a planted tank. 6500k is the perfect temp for a planted tank... hmmm.. Might be trying them out.
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Very nice, I'm curious to see how these work out for you in the long run. I just set up a 75g freshwater but would be curious to see how these would work on a planted tank. 6500k is the perfect temp for a planted tank... hmmm.. Might be trying them out.
I have a 10w 6500k in my sump, here's a pic, the color looks nice...
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #6
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Just a quick follow up, I've had these lights running for over a month now and absolutely love them! All my corals are growing and much more colorful. I'm now considering getting a 3rd one! Can't beat cheap!
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Glad to hear they are still working out for you. Being that they are LED's, do they get warm at all? I'm debating about building a canopy for my 4' 2 bulb fixture but was thinking about this thread and maybe doing 3 of these over the 4' tank.
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Glad to hear they are still working out for you. Being that they are LED's, do they get warm at all? I'm debating about building a canopy for my 4' 2 bulb fixture but was thinking about this thread and maybe doing 3 of these over the 4' tank.
They hardly produce any heat, they are warm to the touch but nothing compared to the regular lights. I have just the two over my 4' tank and the spread is just enough to cover the whole tank, I would like to get one more. I am planning on building a canopy next week to house them now I've been "sold" on the idea of LED floodlights. Just be sure to check the (K) color of the light when you buy them. I would advise on getting these.
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Thanks for the info, I'm in process of a 125g reef tank build. I have truelumen coral pro lights in my hex now. I love them but total cost was $450 to light a 24" spot. Please keep us updated on yours
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This is awesome Tom, Is there anything else covering the tank or just the diffuser? Do you have a ton of evaporation issues? Also would you mind sharing what brand you bought?
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